New words – 30 October 2017

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manel noun [C]
/ˈmæn.əl/
a panel made up only of men

Some of my male peers in the industry joke about it, calling the consistently male dominated talks or panels ‘manels’ – recognising the distinct lack of female voices. What’s telling is that ‘manels’ are everywhere – in the boardroom, C-Suite and across the tech sector, especially finance.
[www.huffingtonpost.co.uk, 6 August 2015]

manfant noun [C]
/ˈmæn.fənt/
an adult male who behaves like a young child

With these new manfants suddenly taking the reins of power, being a pathetic mewling mess has become socially acceptable.  ... In the US, there are the #ProudBoys, a sort of baby-man movement created for failed jocks who need constant reassurance that daddy loves them.

[The Guardian, 8 January 2017]

manosphere noun [U]
UK /ˈmæn.ə.sfɪəʳ/ US /ˈmæn.ə.sfɪr/
a loose network of websites, blogs and online forums on issues related to men and masculinity, normally with an anti-feminist perspective

But within just a few months, Futrelle was attracting a significant female audience: women eager to learn what men were getting up to online but put off by the prospect of trudging through the manosphere themselves.
[New York Times, 13 June 2017]

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9 thoughts on “New words – 30 October 2017

    1. eqqy

      “Prankster”, someone who plays pranks, is from “prank + -ster”, nothing to do with gangsters (unless you are suggesting a new different meaning).

      1. Winston Rochard

        The word “Prankster” is very commonly used; in a vast majority of countries, for decades.All that’s missing is to accept it as such, in The English Language.

  1. Winston Rochard

    Prankster is definitely not a “new” word, it has been around for some time now. I’m now 73 years and have been hearing this one for more than 20.

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